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Graduate Development Programme

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Graduate Development Programme

Grant support up to £6,250 is on offer to Worcestershire SME’s to help part fund a new graduate position for recent local graduates. 

The Graduate Development Programme aims to improve business productivity, enable knowledge and skills transfer and increase employment opportunities for graduates, and postgraduates, whilst retaining their talent for the benefit of the local economy. 

The grant on offer is provided over a 6-month period.

About the grant:

  • the grant will cover a 6-month period and be 50% of the gross graduate salary over that period up to a maximum of £6,250 with the remaining salary costs to be provided by the SME
  • the grant will be paid retrospectively on a quarterly basis
  • the grant is available to appoint those who fully graduated in 2020, 2021 or 2022 and not for those on a work placement as part of their ongoing university studies
  • job opportunities must be advertised and filled following application and the award of the grant
  • it is expected that the appointed graduate will be a current Worcestershire resident or a graduate from the University of Worcester
  • employers are responsible for the process of the recruitment and selection themselves
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How can a graduate benefit your business?

  • To help with growth - if you’re looking to develop and grow your business hiring a graduate could be a great solution to your business.
  • New perspective - taking on a graduate help your business to see things in a new light
  • Enthusiasm and drive - having studied for many years, many graduates are eager to put their studies into practise
  • Raise the profile of your business - offering a competitive role with a well-run scheme can help attract other talent to your business
  • Helps create a diverse workforce - innovative and new ideas can flourish with having a diverse workforce


Eligible applicants at which the graduate will be based must be in the following sectors:

  • manufacturing (including science and medical, food and drink)
  • information technology (cyber security/digital and creative)
  • professional business to business services – to include architects, accountants, marketing consultants, engineers, chartered surveyors, IT consultants, corporate lawyers, and scientific advisors (excludes intermediaries and brokerage services)
  • agri-technology
  • construction
  • transport and logistics
  • tourism eg. Hotel Trainee Manager and Marketing Assistant

Businesses must also:

  • have a Worcestershire business address
  • be a small/ medium size enterprise (SME’s) up to 250 employees
  • be a limited company, a sole trader or partnership (trading over 36 months)

What businesses have had to say about the programme

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Qcom found the graduate scheme a huge success

“The grant received from the here2help programme, enabled us to have the confidence to recruit two graduates. Great businesses are built on talent, and we are excited about the positive impact both Annabel and Dan will give Qcom as we build the business into the future.”

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Real World Consultancy have found the opportunity of the support has enabled the business to grow and take on member of staff.

‘It was a big deal for me to be able to employ someone earlier than I was financially able, to really give focus to the role of applying for and managing tenders.”

How to apply:

Please download the guidance document (Word document) and the application form (Word document)

Once you have completed the form, please forward it to Sustain&

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